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January-June 2012 Heat

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on July 10, 2012

January-June 2012 HeatStates shaded in dark red set their record warmest January-June period in 2012. Numbers indicate January-June yearly rankings. For example, 118 means warmest January-June on record, while 1 signifies record coldest such period. States shaded in darker orange with numbers of 109 or higher had a top 10 warmest January-June.

The year 2012 continues on a record warm pace, according to a report released July 9.
In the June “State of the Climate” report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found the first half of 2012 was the record warmest January-June period for the Lower 48 States, in records dating to 1895.

In all, a total of 28 states, all east of the Rocky Mountains, had a record warm first six months of the year. Another 15 states had their top 10 warmest January-June. Only Washington state recorded a cooler-than-average first half of 2012.

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Graph of January-June mean temperatures over the Lower 48 States from 1895 (left) to 2012 (right). The long-term average is shown by the horizontal gray line. The long-term temperature trend is indicated by the red line. Credit: NCDC/NESDIS/NOAA

The month of June, however, was only the 14th warmest on record for the Lower 48 States in 118 years of records.

Despite this, Colorado recorded its record hottest June. Potential all-time state records in South Carolina (113) and Georgia (112) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee. Over 170 all-time record highs were either tied or broken in June. However, it’s important to note many of those locations had relatively short periods of record not dating back at least to the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s.

Precipitation Highlights

The quick expansion of drought in the nation’s heartland was one of the highlights in the first six months.

January-June 2012 was among the top 10 driest such periods on record in 14 states, primarily in the Plains states. It was the driest such period on record in Delaware, second driest in Colorado, and third driest in Wyoming.

On the other end of the spectrum, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington had one of their top 10 wettest January-June periods on record in 2012.

The month of June featured some rather stark precipitation extremes.
Tropical Storm Debby’s torrential rainfall contributed to what was the wettest June on record in Florida. Three additional states (Maine, Washington, Oregon) had a top 10 wettest June. For Washington, it was their second wettest June.

Meanwhile, it was the record driest June in Wyoming, second driest in Colorado and Utah. These parched conditions left over from a lack of snow in the spring months lead to dangerous conditions for wildfires. Over 1.3 million acres were charred during the month, the second most of any June on record.
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June was also the top 10 driest on record in 8 other states from the Ohio Valley to the Great Basin.

Past 12 Months: Warmest on Record

The record for warmest 12-month period on record, established in March 2012 and broken again in April and May, was broken for the fourth month in a row in June. The average nationwide temperature of 56.0 degrees for June 2011 through May 2012 surpassed last month’s record (for June 2011-May 2012) by 0.05 degrees.

This new record encompassed the second-warmest summer, fourth warmest winter, and warmest spring on record. According to NOAA, 47 of the 48 contiguous states were warmer than average over the 12-month period, with Washington the lone exception.

(MORE: All-time, monthly record heat tracker)
On the other end of the spectrum, Washington state had its seventh coolest June.
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of the warmth over the Lower 48 States:
• January: 4th warmest
• February: 17th warmest
• March: Record warmest
• April: 3rd warmest
• May: 2nd warmest
• June: 14th warmest

Meteorological spring finished well ahead of all others in the 118-year period of record. March-May 2012 topped the previous record warm spring, in 1910, by a full 2 degrees Fahrenheit.

Distributed by Viestly


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